Muscular Dystrophy Association Holds Lock-Up Fundraiser

More than 200 business and civic leaders from throughout the Wichita Falls area will be "arrested" and put "behind bars" for the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Lock-Up fundraiser on Thursday, September 25th at the Wellington Conference Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Accused of having big hearts and being heavily armed with kindness, the "jailbirds" volunteered to be part of MDA's Lock-Up in order to raise "bail" by encouraging friends, family, co-workers and business contacts to make contributions to MDA that will directly benefit families in the Texoma area living with progressive muscle diseases.

Each MDA jailbird's "bail" is set at $1,600 which will allow him/her to be released for good behavior. $1,600 is the cost to send two local kids to MDA Summer Camp in Hinton, Oklahoma, which is held in July each year. Youngsters with muscle diseases enjoy a wide variety of activities designed specifically for youngsters with limited mobility. Some activities include horseback riding, swimming, zip-lining, and arts and crafts.

MDA also assists jailbirds in creating personalized Lock-Up donation websites to help raise their bail ahead of time online. The links to these

can be emailed to friends, family and co-workers who could make secure online donations.

"It's amazing how our community jailbirds have rallied around MDA and are doing a great job as they continue to raise bail donations," explained Daniel York, Executive Director. "The actual day of the Lock-Up will be a fun celebration of the work each person did to help families who live in and around the community."